When you finally decide to get a tattoo, it is important that you choose a reputable tattoo artist. Tattoo scarring is caused by a possible handful of reasons, and one of those reasons is having a bad tattooist. However, it is also important to know that a tattoo is a wound and wounds leave scars; however, the tattoo wound, when healed, should be flush with the rest of your skin. A tattoo that remains raised after it has healed is the number one sign that you have tattoo scarring that is not desired.
Undesired Tattoo Scarring
If after your tattoo is healed (within 7 to 10 days) you notice the outlines of the tattoo remain red and puffy, then you have tattoo scarring. The tattooist has to penetrate the layers of your skin in order for the ink to settle and be permanent. However, when a tattoo artist spends too long in one area or goes too deep into the skin, if you have sensitive and hard to heal skin, or if you did not follow proper tattoo aftercare protocol, then you will most likely end up with undesired tattoo scarring. It is not always the fault of the tattoo artist in general, but to minimize your risk of having a permanently raised scarred tattoo, you should have the best tattooist do your tattoo.
Using the Sap from an Aloe Vera Leaf to Treat Tattoo Scarring
The sap from an Aloe Vera plant is the best treatment for tattoo scarring because of its moisturizing, soothing and healing effects. Just some of the compounds that the sap of an Aloe Vera plant leaf contains are: polysaccharides, mannans, anthraquinones and lectins.
These properties work to heal the tattoo scarring with their anti-inflammatory agents that will lessen inflammation and help reduce the scar, the moisturizing benefits will keep the scar well hydrated and the compounds and properties found in the sap of Aloe Vera leaves also have anti-bacterial effects. This is a plus and will help to keep the area from becoming infected and worsening the condition.
The combination of all these compounds in the sap, when applied correctly, will eventually level the scar flush with the rest of the skin. This is true only if the scarring has the ability to be healed.
How to Apply the Aloe Vera Sap to Treat Tattoo Scarring
Simply tear off a piece of the Aloe Vera plant leaf and squeeze the sap out directly onto the tattoo. You can even scrap out some of the congealed sap as well. Rub this into the tattoo several times a day until you start to see the minimization and leveling of the tattoo scarring. Unless the scarring was too intense or your body has poor healing abilities, you should be able to use this treatment to bring the tattoo scarring down to the level of the rest of your skin and have the tattoo be flush with your skin and be smooth.
You should give your tattoo at least one year to completely heal of any scarring before you decide to take other measures, such as going to a different and more reputable tattooist who can tattoo around the scars and make them less noticeable or consider cosmetic surgeries to treat tattoo scarring.